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Thomas Haden Church

Thomas Haden Church (born Thomas Richard McMillen,[2][3] June 17, 1960)[4] is an American actor, director, and writer. After co-starring in the 1990s sitcom Wings, Church became known for his film roles, including his Academy Award-nominated performance in Sideways and his role as the Sandman in Spider-Man 3. He also made his directorial debut with Rolling Kansas.

Thomas Haden Church
Thomas Haden Church at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Church at the 2009 premiere of Don McKay
Born
Thomas Richard McMillen

(1960-06-17) June 17, 1960 (age 58)
ResidenceKerrville, Texas, U.S.
EducationHarlingen High School
Alma materUniversity of North Texas
OccupationActor, director, writer
Years active1989–present
Known forWings
Ned and Stacey
Sideways
Spider-Man 3
Partner(s)Mia Zottoli (2002-2008)
Children2[1]

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Early lifeEdit

Church was born in Yolo, California,[4] the son of Maxine (née Sanders) and Carlos "Carl" Richard McMillen (1936–2008), who served for eight years in the Marines and saw action in the Korean War; after 1962, Carlos worked as a surveyor.[5] Church's parents divorced and his mother moved to Texas. She remarried in 1969, to widower George A. Quesada, a veteran of an Army Air Forces reconnaissance unit which served in Guam in World War II.[6] Church took his stepfather's surname for a time but changed it to "Haden Church," extracted from the names of other relatives, when people found Quesada difficult to pronounce.[2] He left high school in 1977 to work in the oil fields of Louisiana, but he returned to graduate from Harlingen High School in 1979. He attended the University of North Texas while living in Dallas.[2]

CareerEdit

Church started in the entertainment business as a radio personality and doing voice-over work.[7] He changed his name to "Thomas Haden Church", taking "Haden" and "Church" from his ancestry.[2] After appearing in an independent film, he moved to California to pursue an acting career. His character delivers a last love letter from "Eddie Labec" to "Carla" in the Cheers episode, "Death Takes a Vacation on Ice". He played the part of slow-witted aircraft mechanic Lowell Mather for six seasons (1990–95) on the NBC sitcom Wings.[8]

He worked in television for two more seasons with a lead role on Ned & Stacey opposite Debra Messing. He has had supporting roles in films such as Tombstone, George of the Jungle, and The Specials. He has often played villains or comic relief in films, such as in Demon Knight.[citation needed]

Church bought a ranch in Texas in 1998. In late 2000 he took a break from films.[7] After having small roles in films such as Monkeybone and 3000 Miles to Graceland, he made his directorial debut with Rolling Kansas in 2003. He has voiceover work in commercials, such as for Merrill Lynch and Icehouse beer.[citation needed]

In 2003, director Alexander Payne called him regarding the role of "Jack", the selfish best friend to Paul Giamatti's character, in Sideways. During the audition, Church stripped naked to read the audition scene, later saying "To me, it was painfully obvious... I was reading the scene where Jack comes in naked and there has to be in-born vulnerability in the scene."[7] (He later found that he was the only actor to strip down for the audition).[9] Sideways earned acclaim for Church. He won an IFP Independent Spirit Award and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

 
Church at the Spider-Man 3 (2007) premiere in New York City

He has since appeared in films such as Idiocracy, done voice-over work on films such as Over the Hedge and starred in one of AMC's highest rated television productions, Broken Trail, with Robert Duvall, in 2006, for which he won an Emmy. In 2007, he appeared as the tragic villain Sandman in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst.[10]

In 2005, he was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In October 2008, Church appeared as "Joe Six-Pack" in a video on funnyordie.com, challenging Joe the Plumber by drinking more beer.[11] Church starred in the FEARnet webseries, Zombie Roadkill, alongside David Dorfman.[12]

He is currently appearing in the HBO original series Divorce where he plays Robert.

Personal lifeEdit

Church lives on his 2,000-acre (810 ha) ranch in Kerrville, Texas.[7][13] During the filming of Divorce, he rented a house in New Rochelle, New York. [14]He has two children from a former relationship with Mia Zottoli, but was never married to her or anyone else despite a 2008 article in the LA times incorrectly claiming he was married to his partner.[1][15][13] Church's biological father Carl died in 2008,[5] and his stepfather George in 2012.[6]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1980 Gypsy Angels Roommate 1989 version
Uncredited
1993 Tombstone Billy Clanton Film debut
1995 Demon Knight Roach
1997 George of the Jungle Lyle Van de Groot
One Night Stand Don
1998 Susan's Plan Dr. Chris Stillman
Free Money Larry
1999 Goosed Steven Troy
2000 The Specials The Strobe
2001 3000 Miles to Graceland Quigley
Monkeybone Death's Assistant Uncredited
2002 Lone Star State of Mind Killer
The Badge David Hardwick
2003 Rolling Kansas Agent Madsen/Trooper Uncredited
Also director/writer
George of the Jungle 2 Lyle Van de Groot Direct-to-video
2004 Serial Killing 4 Dummys Vince Grimaldi
Sideways Jack Cole
Spanglish Mike
2006 Over the Hedge Dwayne Voice role
Idiocracy Brawndo CEO
Charlotte's Web Brooks the Crow Voice role
2007 Spider-Man 3 Flint Marko / Sandman
2008 Smart People Chuck Wetherhold
2009 Don McKay Don McKay Also executive producer
Imagine That Johnny Whitefeather
Aliens in the Attic Tazer Voice role
All About Steve Hartman
2010 Easy A Mr. Griffith
2011 Another Happy Day Paul
Killer Joe Ansel Smith
We Bought a Zoo Duncan Mee
2012 John Carter Tal Hajus
2013 Whitewash Bruce Landry
Lucky Them Charlie
2014 Heaven Is for Real Jay Wilkins
2015 Max Ray Wincott
Daddy's Home Leo Holt
2016 Cardboard Boxer Willie
2017 Crash Pad Grady
2019 The Peanut Butter Falcon Clint/The Salt Water Redneck Post-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1989 Protect and Surf Dwight Jesmer Television debut
Television movie
21 Jump Street Tony Episode: "Eternal Flame"
Cheers Gordie Brown Episode: "Death Takes a Holiday on Ice"
China Beach Jack Daniels Episode: "China Man"
Booker Leon Ross 2 episodes
1990–1995 Wings Lowell Mather Series regular; 123 episodes
1992 Flying Blind Jonathan 2 episodes
1993 Fugitive Nights: Danger in the Desert Nelson Hareem Television movie
1995–1997 Ned and Stacey Ned Dorsey Series regular; 46 episodes
1995 Partners Episode: "City Hall"
1998 Mr. Murder Drew Oslett, Jr. Television movie
2001 Gary & Mike Additional voices Voice role
Episode: "Washington D.C."
The Cartoon Cartoon Show Doo Dah Voice role
Episode: "Yee Hah & Doo Dah: Bronco Breakin' Boots"
Going to California Schwee Episode: "Apocalypse Cow"
2003 Miss Match Andrew Horn Episode: "Matchmaker, Matchmaker"
Uncredited
Lucky Bobby Blaine Episode: "The Method"
2004 Teen Titans Killer Moth Voice role
Episode: "Date with Destiny"
2006 Broken Trail Tom Harte Television miniseries
2 episodes
2010 Zombie Roadkill Ranger Chet Masterson Television miniseries
6 episodes
2012 Regular Show Quillgin Voice role
Episode: "The Christmas Special"
2016–2018 Divorce Robert Dufresne Series regular; 20 episodes
Also executive producer

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1990 Ys: Book 1 & 2 Goban Toba Voice role
English version
Credited as Thomas H. Church
2007 Spider-Man 3 Flint Marko/Sandman Voice role

Awards and NominationsEdit

Church has received multiple awards and nominations for his roles in both television and film. He's earned an Academy award for Best Supporting Actor in 2005 for his role as Jack in Sideways (2004), two Golden Globe award nominations for Best Supporting Actor in 2004 for the film Sideways (2003), and 2007 for the miniseries Broken Trail (2006), won a Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie in 2007 for Broken Trail, received one of three Screen Actors Guild award nominations in 2005 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Motion Picture for Sideways (2004).

Year Title Accolade Results Ref
2004 Sideways Award Circuit Community award, Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Award Circuit Community award, Best Cast Ensemble Won
Boston Society Film Critics award, Best Supporting Actor Won
Boston Society Film Critics award, Best Cast Ensemble Won
Chicago Film Critics Association award, Best Supporting Actor Won
Florida Film Critics Circle award, Best Supporting Actor Won
Golden Schmoes award, Best Supporting Actor of the Year Nominated
Kansas City Film Critics Circle award, Best Supporting Actor Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association award, Best Supporting Actor Won
National Board of Review award, Best Supporting Actor Won
New York Film Critics Circle award, Best Supporting Actor Nominated
New York Film Critics Online award, Best Supporting Actor Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society award, Best Supporting Actor Won
Phoenix Film Critics Society award, Best Ensemble Acting Won
San Francisco Film Critics Circle award, Best Supporting Actor Won
Seattle Film Critics award, Best Supporting Actor Won
Southeastern Film Critics Association award, Best Supporting Actor Won
St. Louis Film Critics Association award, Best Supporting Actor Won
Utah Film Critics Association award, Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Village Voice Film Poll award, Best Supporting Performance Nominated
Washing D.C. Area Film Critics Association award, Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2005 Academy award, Best Supporting Actor Nominated [16]
Critics Choice award, Best Supporting Actor Won [17]
Critics Choice award, Best Ensemble Nominated
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association award, Best Supporting Actor Won
Gold Derby award, Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Gold Derby award, Best Ensemble Nominated
Golden Globe award, Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture Nominated [18]
Independent Spirit award, Best Supporting Male Won [19]
International Online Cinema award, Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Iowa Film Critics award, Best Supporting Actor Won
National Society of Film Critics award, Best Supporting Actor Won
Online Film & Television Association award, Best Breakthrough Performance - Male Won [20]
Online Film & Television Association award, Best Supporting Actor Nominated
Online Film Critics Society award, Best Supporting Actor Won [21]
Satellite award, Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical Won [22]
Screen Actors Guild award, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated [23]
Screen Actors Guild award, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Motion Picture Won
Vancouver Film Critics Circle award, Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2007 Broken Trail Gold Derby award, Best Lead Actor in a Television Movie/Miniseries Nominated
Golden Globe award, Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Nominated [24]
Monte-Carlo Television Festival award, Mini-Series - Best Performance by an Actor Nominated
Online Film & Television Association award, Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries Won [25]
Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie Won [26]
Screen Actors Guild award, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries Nominated [27]
Spider-Man 3 Teen Choice award, Choice Movie - Rumble (shared with Tobey Maguire, James Franco, Topher Grace) Nominated [28]
Broken Trail Western Heritage award, Outstanding Television Feature Film Won
2014 Whitewash Vancouver Film Critics Circle award, Best Actor in a Canadian Film Nominated

ReferencesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b How did Thomas Haden Church land his role on Divorce? 'I was age-appropriate', Oct. 2016 in the Guardian: As he points out, he has never been divorced (or married). “But I did go through a pretty significant upheaval several years ago. I have an ex with two children. So having gone through something as sort of life-changing as that myself … ” he trails off a bit, sounding uncomfortable, and pivots to something less personal.
  2. ^ a b c d Buck, Jerry (August 3, 1992). "'Wings' Character Stumbles, But He's Not Stupid, Star Says". Deseret News. Associated Pres. Retrieved March 1, 2013. His birth name was McMillen, but he took his stepfather's name of Quesada. He changed it to Thomas Haden Church 'because nobody could spell Quesada or pronounce it.'
  3. ^ "Thomas Haden Church". TV Guide. Retrieved September 14, 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Thomas Haden Church". AllMovie. Retrieved February 16, 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Carl Richard McMillen, 71". Bonner County Daily Bee. April 11, 2008. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  6. ^ a b "George A. Quesada". Denton Record-Chronicle. July 18, 2012. Archived from the original on April 8, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d Ed Pilkington (May 16, 2008). "Naked ambition". The Guardian. Retrieved May 17, 2008.
  8. ^ "Overheard with Evan Smith". January 12, 2017.
  9. ^ Rebecca Ascher-Walsh (April 10, 2008). "Thomas Haden Church's choice career". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 17, 2008.
  10. ^ "Spider-Man 3 Interviews: Thomas Haden Church - SuperHeroHype". Superherohype.com. April 22, 2007. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  11. ^ "Thomas Haden Church vs Joe the Plumber". Funnyordie.com. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
  12. ^ "FEARnet Goes to Church for Zombie Roadkill", dreadcentral.com; accessed June 10, 2014.
  13. ^ a b Goldman, Andrew (May 23, 2007). "Church's Doctrine: Thomas Haden Church tells us why he loves older women and making out". Elle. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
  14. ^ http://www.westchestermagazine.com/Westchester-Magazine/January-2018/Divorce-Reconciles-With-Westchester/
  15. ^ "Thomas Haden Church's choice career". Latimes.com. 10 April 2008. Retrieved 24 August 2017 – via LA Times.
  16. ^ "77th Academy Awards". Wikipedia. 2018-03-27.
  17. ^ "10th Critics' Choice Awards". Wikipedia. 2017-08-25.
  18. ^ "62nd Golden Globe Awards". Wikipedia. 2018-03-23.
  19. ^ "20th Independent Spirit Awards". Wikipedia. 2017-11-26.
  20. ^ "9th Annual Film Awards (2004) - Online Film & Television Association". www.oftaawards.com. Retrieved 2018-04-14.
  21. ^ "Online Film Critics Society Awards 2004". Wikipedia. 2017-07-23.
  22. ^ "9th Golden Satellite Awards". Wikipedia. 2018-04-13.
  23. ^ "11th Screen Actors Guild Awards". Wikipedia. 2018-02-01.
  24. ^ "64th Golden Globe Awards". Wikipedia. 2018-03-23.
  25. ^ "11th Annual TV Awards (2006-07) - Online Film & Television Association". www.oftaawards.com. Retrieved 2018-04-14.
  26. ^ "59th Primetime Emmy Awards". Wikipedia. 2018-04-03.
  27. ^ "13th Screen Actors Guild Awards". Wikipedia. 2018-03-09.
  28. ^ "2007 Teen Choice Awards". Wikipedia. 2018-03-26.

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